In the northern hemisphere winter is the time of colder temperatures, rain in the sky and colds in the body. It’s a time to bundle up in cozy clothing, slow down, enjoy holidays with family and friends and just take care of oneself inside while Mother Nature is taking care of herself outside in this season providing herself hydrating enrichment for the soil so Spring is filled with new plant life in beautiful bloom.
To help keep warm and well during the winter months two oils I work with most are clove & ginger. Both oils are very warming in scent and to the body when applied topically and they have some power house immune boosting benefits. Let’s take a closer look
What is Clove Essential Oil?
Clove oil is extracted from the dried flower buds of clove, scientifically known as Syzygium aromaticum or Eugenia caryophyllata. It has numerous possible medicinal properties and can be used topically for pain relief. The oil is rich in plant-derived phenylpropanoids, with the main compound possibly being eugenol. The other bioactive compounds may include thymol, carvacrol, and cinnamaldehyde. The color of this oil can range from pale yellow to golden brown. It has a spicy fragrance, similar to that of cloves. The oil can also be used as a fragrance and flavoring agent. 
Top benefits of Clove Essential Oil
- Powerful anti-oxidant
- anti- inflammatory agent
- antiseptic & analgesic agent
- anticancer agent
- fights bacterial and fungal infections
- heals herpes
- treats viral skin infections
- heals acne
- treat bruises, burns, cuts & wounds
- treats toothache
- alleviates gum disease
- improves circulation
- purifies the blood
- protects the liver
- treats muscle pain
- alleviates symptoms of rheumatism
- eliminates warts
- kills candida infections
- boosts libido
- boosts immune system
- aids digestion
- prevents ulcers
- reduces nausea, flatulence & stomach cramp
- helps the cardiovascular system
- improves mood
- alleviates stress, anxiety & depression
- eliminates headaches
- treats respiratory issues
- fights bronchitis & asthma
- alleviates cough, cold & flu
- improves diabetes
- promotes healthy hair growth
- prevents hair loss
- insect repellant
- Sources: https://whatcure.com/24-magical-benefits-of-ginger-essential-oil/
What is Ginger Essential Oil?
Ginger essential oil is the concentrated oil extracted from fresh or dried ginger. Through a steam distillation or solvent extraction method, you can separate the active ingredients from the root, which can be consumed and used in many ways. While the other forms of ginger are good for flavor and as an ingredient in foods, ginger oil is the best form to use as a medicine, thanks to its high concentration of gingerol and other organic compounds. With stimulants, antioxidants, laxative, and anti-inflammatory properties, this essential oil is praised throughout the world.
Top benefits of Ginger Essential Oil
- promotes longevity
- prevents chronic diseases
- boosts imune system
- aids digestion
- alleviates flatulence, constipation & nausea
- treats gastrointestinal spasm
- soothe sea & travel sickness
- improves respiratory health
- alleviates chronic congestion & chronic catarrh
- cures cold, fever, and influenza
- reduces inflammations
- heals infections
- natural aphrodisiac
- heals fractures
- alleviates rheumatism & arthritis
- soothes muscle fatigue
- alleviates muscular weakness & pain
- provides relief from menstrual cramps
- increases blood circulation
- protects & improves liver health
- alleviates anxiety, depression, insomnia & exhaustion
- mood enhancer
- fights cancer
- Sources: https://whatcure.com/36-amazing-benefits-of-clove-essential-oil/
The best ways to get the maximum benefits using these power house warming, spicy and healing oils this winter.
Essential Oil absorption through the skin is one of the best ways to get multiple body system healing as the skin is the largest organ of the body. It’s also a great way to smell good using mother natures all natural aromatic perfumes. Get creative with the combination of these oils and consider adding some uplifting elements like orange, lemongrass and geranium. Our friends over at Aroma Web have an excellent guide to essential oil dilution
Diffusing into the air
I love a good smelling space no matter where I’m at so whether its the home or office or car you’ll always find essential oils in the midst. Take a 3-5 drops of each ginger and clove to your favorite diffuser to spice up your aromatic breathing life – add whatever oils you feel will be complimentary. If you like sweet ylang ylang and vanilla if you like herbaceous some sage and patchouli with a dash of citrus will do it for you. Inhale the healing.
1 drop per 16oz tea, water, smoothie, cookie, cake, food etc of either will have your taste buds popping & your body systems activating. If you want to use them in combination double the water. Not all essential oils are safe for ingestion like these two so do follow the guidance of an experienced aromatherapy practitioner before internal use of other essential oils.
Eat Your Healing
Adding lots of fresh or dried ginger root and clove buds to complimentary foods is yet another way to get the benefits of ginger and clove together. They make an excellent tea with some fennel, basil & mint.
Risks & Side Effects
Although they are few they deserve a mention. These two articles go more in depth into some of the benefits listed above and highlights some risks & side effects.
Essential Oil Quality
Be sure your essential oils are pure & high quality
There are many products that are labeled aromatherapy and essential oil but are actually “fragrance oils” or “perfume oils”. These products have labels that state that they are “made with essential oils” and often only contain small amounts of essential oil—and are steeped with synthetic ingredients which are harmful to your health.
Oils that contain any other ingredients than the botanical or plant essence itself are not pure essential oils and should not be promoted as such so be careful in your purchasing. More on essential oil safety here.
The United States has no regulations against the misuse of the term “aromatherapy” on product labels so be sure to investigate the labels of any aromatherapy product to make sure all the ingredients are all natural and 100% essential oil.
General Safety Information
Do not take any oils internally and do not apply undiluted essential oils, absolutes, CO2s or other concentrated essences onto the skin without advanced essential oil knowledge or consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. For general dilution information, read AromaWeb’s Guide to Diluting Essential Oils. If you are pregnant, epileptic, have liver damage, have cancer, or have any other medical problem, use oils only under the proper guidance of a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Use extreme caution when using oils with children and be sure to first read the recommended dilution ratios for children. Consult a qualified aromatherapy practitioner before using oils with children, the elderly, if you have medical issues or are taking medications. Before using this or any essential oil, carefully read AromaWeb’s Essential Oil Safety Information page. For in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand and Rodney Young.
Our Blend of the Winter Season is Tranquilize + it is loaded with Ginger, Clove and other warming, spicy, uplifting & healing essential oils to keep your health, hair & skin in great condition all winter long.
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